The recent swell in the popularity of pop-up restaurants has been led by young bloods in the business, such as Ludo Lefebvre and John Fraser (not to mention the 15-year-old chef, Greg Grossman). However, the idea of setting up shop unexpectedly is not as new as it seems; in fact, the James Beard Foundation claims to have coined the concept in 1986 with the start of their James Beard House dinners.
Adapting to the changing times, the JBF will expand their idea off-site with a temporary event in Chelsea Market called JBF LTD. The pop-up will include a restaurant and food pavillion that opens April 12th and closes May 15th. By day it will feature café-style food as well as cooking demos and tastings. In the evenings, a series of chefs will prepare four-course meals for one week each. Chef Laurent Gras will kick off the event followed by Michelle Bernstein, Iñaki Aizpitarte and David Chang, and David Kinch and John Paul Carmona.
A new round of tickets for dinner at JBF LTD. will be available for purchase each week through Gilt City starting April 1st.
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